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Sunday July 30 2017

Services for Gordon Caldwell Monday, Tuesday

Services for Gordon Caldwell Monday, Tuesday

Posted 7-30/17 – Funeral services for Gordon Caldwell will take place at Sierra Madre Congregational Church on Tuesday, August 1st  at noon.  The church is located at 170 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Viewing will be on the Monday preceding, July 31st, from 5 to 9pm at Douglass and Zook Mortuary, 600 E. Foothill Blvd. in [...]

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Tuesday June 28 2016

Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe Thursday

Reprinted from SierraMadreWeekly.com – A Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe will be held at Sierra Madre Elementary School auditorium on Thursday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at The Japanese Garden on the school grounds. The graveside service at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery will be held that morning at 11:30 a.m. [...]

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Sunday December 27 2015

In Memory Of Nan Carlton…

In Memory Of Nan Carlton...

Obituary Posted 12/27/15 – Nan Hathaway Carlton passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Dec. 21st. Nan Hathaway was born in Chicago, Illinois to Alice Johnstone Hathaway and Elnathan Maurice Hathaway.  Nan moved to Sierra Madre with her mother when she was five years old in 1938.  Nan was a lifelong resident of Sierra [...]

Thursday December 03 2015

Celebration of Life for Mario Lalli, Sr. to be Saturday, Dec. 5th

Celebration of Life for Mario Lalli, Sr. to be Saturday, Dec. 5th

Posted 12/3/15 – Operatic Tenor, mentor & entrepreneur Mario Anthony Lalli passed away peacefully at his home in Sierra Madre, CA on October 8th, 2015 at the age of 92. Mario was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Edalyn Doris Lalli. Mario was born in Springfield, MA in 1923 to Italian immigrants Antonio Lalli [...]

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Friday August 28 2015

Hundreds Turn Out for Chris Morrison Celebration of Life

Hundreds Turn Out for Chris Morrison Celebration of Life

Posted 8/28/15 – The flag at the Sierra Madre Fire Station was at half mast Saturday as hundreds of Sierra Madreans, turned out to Memorial Park  to join the Sierra Madre Fire Department in celebrating the life of retired SMFD Captain Chris Morrison, a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years.  Chris passed away Aug. [...]

Monday August 10 2015

Rest Easy, Captain Morrison

Rest Easy, Captain Morrison

Posted 8/10/15 – It is with great sadness that we must report that Capt. Chris Morrison, Ret. passed away last evening at his home, surrounded by family.  Chris had been battling cancer for some time, and had been told he had beaten it, only to then be diagnosed with an aggressive Stage IV lung cancer. [...]

Sunday March 01 2015

Obituary – SMSR Member Jon Zenn Inskeep

Obituary - SMSR Member Jon Zenn Inskeep

Posted 3/1/15 – Jon Zenn Inskeep passed away at the Villa Gardens in Pasadena on February 15, 2015. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be intensely missed. He lived, until his last month, an active and driven lifestyle. Jon was born on March 23, 1933 and raised in Pennsylvania by his parents, Alonzo [...]

Saturday January 10 2015

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Posted 1/10/15 – (Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a more comprehensive and personal look back at Joe Ramsey’s life in the near future, but wanted to post this in the interim…) Joseph Jack Ramsey, 11/1/56 – 12/29/14 Joseph “Joe” Jack Ramsey passed away Dec. 29th, 2014 at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  Joe Ramsey, son of Jack [...]

Thursday December 11 2014

Services for Brian “Oggie” Eck to be Saturday, Dec. 13th, at St. Rita

Services for Brian

Posted 12/11/14 – Brian Keith Eck, aka “Auggie, Oggie, Og,” born on Sept. 5th 1963 to Sheila Joan Eck Pierce and James Clarence Eck, Sr., succumbed to a blood infection on Dec. 2nd, 2014.  He is survived by his mother, father, brother James C. Eck, Jr., sister Melissa Stute, half brothers James Eck and Scott [...]

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Thursday November 13 2014

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Posted 11/13/14 – Denis Peter Keegan, son of the late James Joseph Keegan and Virginia Bland Skinner, passed away peacefully Monday November 10th, surrounded by his wife and loving family.  Denis had courageously fought a rare genetic kidney disease for many years. Denis was born on December 17th, 1949, in South Orange, New Jersey.  He [...]

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Monday September 08 2014

Ed Clare Passes Away At Home

Ed Clare Passes Away At Home

Posted 9/8/14 – Ed Clare, owner of Ed Clare Electrical, passed away suddenly in his home on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd.  According to the Mountain Views News, initial indications are that he suffered a heart attack.  Clare was 68 years old. Clare was a long time member of the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, and a member [...]

Sunday August 10 2014

Services For SMRFA President Robert Young Announced

Services For SMRFA President Robert Young Announced

Posted 8/10/14  We’ve now received word regarding the scheduling of the Celebration of Life services for Robert Young.  Both of Robert’s families will be having a service.  The Young family will be having a Celebration of Life on Friday,  September 5 at 3 pm at the Embassy Suites in Arcadia (211 E. Huntington Dr., corner [...]

Friday July 25 2014

Update Regarding Bob Young

Update Regarding Bob Young

Posted 7/25/14 - For those who’ve been asking…I spoke to someone close to the family, and it appears that a celebration of Bob Young’s life is being planned, but it is not imminent.  Think weeks, not days.  As soon as I hear something more definitive, I’ll let you know.

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Thursday July 17 2014

SMRFA President Robert Young Passes Away

Posted 7/17/14 - From Kay Sappington on the SMRFA Facebook page: “It is with a very heavy heart that I pass on some very upsetting news. Our SMRFA President, Robert Young, died last night or early this morning. He had the biggest heart and will be missed greatly. Services are pending and will be posted as [...]

Monday February 10 2014

Former SMPD Chief Bill Betts Passes Away

Press Release posted 2/10/14 – Irvin (Bill) E. Betts passed quietly on January 25, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Bill was born on October 19, 1929 in Bassett, Nebraska, the second of nine children to Omar and Ezada Betts. Bill spent his early years in Fruitland, Idaho. He served with the Idaho National Guard. He [...]

Friday January 03 2014

Funeral Service for Carrie Jean McDonald to be Saturday, 1/4/14

Funeral Service for Carrie Jean McDonald to be Saturday, 1/4/14

Posted 1/3/14 – Services for Carrie Jean McDonald, who passed away suddenly on Dec. 26th at the age of 43, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, January 4th at the Live Oak Memorial Chapel (200 E. Duarte Rd. in Monrovia) at 1pm.

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Saturday August 31 2013

FORMER SIERRA MADRE RESIDENT KILLED 22-Year Old Victim of Random Gun Violence

FORMER SIERRA MADRE RESIDENT KILLED 22-Year Old Victim of Random Gun Violence

Posted 8/31/13, courtesy of Mountain Views News - Thursday evening, Aug. 22nd,  at approximately 9 pm, young Treavor Robinson, 22,  was chatting outside with a friend in front of his mother’s house in South Los Angeles.  Suddenly, according to eyewitness reports, a car pulled up and an automatic weapon began firing at the two young men.  [...]

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Tuesday July 09 2013

Viewing/Service for Camella Hopkins Set for Wednesday, Thursday

Viewing/Service for Camella Hopkins Set for Wednesday, Thursday

Posted 7/9/13 – Services for Camella Diane Hopkins will be held on Thursday, July 11th at the Rainbow Chapel of Rose Hills Memorial Park at 11am.  A viewing will take place at Rose Hills Mortuary the night before, Wednesday, July 10th from 5 to 8:30pm.  Both the Chapel and the Mortuary are located at 3888 Workman [...]

Friday June 21 2013

Mama Pete Memorial – Photo Gallery and Video

Mama Pete Memorial - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 6/21/13 – Services were held for Marjorie “Mama Pete” Peterson on Friday.  The service was presided over by Pastor Jim Walden of 1st Baptist Church of Temple City, and featured eulogies by Mayor Nancy Walsh, Town Historian and long-time friend Phyllis Chapman, long-time friend Ann Tyler, who was a fellow charter member of the [...]

Wednesday June 12 2013

Marilyn Alice Zaiss, 3/21/1923 – 6/4/2013

Marilyn Alice Zaiss, 3/21/1923 - 6/4/2013

Posted 6/12/13 – Marilyn Alice Zaiss, beloved Mother and Grandmother, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on June 4, 2013.  She was born in Pasadena on March 21, 1923, and was the only child of Guy and Alice Hodgkins.  Her maternal grandfather was prominent Pasadena-area builder Peter Hall.  She was the widow of [...]

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Wednesday June 12 2013

Mama Pete Named Honorary Hometown Hero

Press Release posted 6/12/13 – The Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee announced  this week that it will honor the memory of  Marjorie “Mama Pete” Peterson  with a “Hometown Hero”  recognition in the upcoming 2013 parade and festivities. The posthumous honor comes as the community collectively mourns Peterson’s passing this week, and the Committee is [...]

Wednesday June 12 2013

Letter to the Editor re: Mama Pete (from Jan Reed)

Posted 6/12/13 -  Bill, I haven’t seen Mountain Views yet but there’s a wonderful story Marge told me that I’d like to pass on. During WWII, a couple of service wives came to her, asking if she’d sit with the children while they worked. She agreed…and when others heard about her, they brought their children [...]

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Monday June 10 2013

Marjorie “Mama Pete” Peterson Passes Away (8/3/1916 – 6/9/2013) Updated w/Service Info

Marjorie “Mama Pete” Peterson Passes Away (8/3/1916 – 6/9/2013) Updated w/Service Info

Longtime Sierra Madrean Marjorie “Mama Pete” Peterson passed away on Sunday evening.  She was 96 years old. Mama Pete was a long time contributor to this town, and the town knew it and appreciated it.  In 1982, she was named Citizen of the Year, and in 2011, she was named one of Sierra Madre’s Treasures [...]

Wednesday January 09 2013

Memorial Service for Arlie Hahn to be Held January 19th

Memorial Service for Arlie Hahn to be Held January 19th

Posted 1/9/13 – Arlie Elizabeth Patterson Hahn died Thursday December 20, 2012, one day shy of her ninety-eighth birthday. Arlie lived a full and wonderful life, much loved by her family and friends. Arlie was born December 21, 1914 in Washington State, where her family homesteaded. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1922. Arlie [...]

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Friday August 10 2012

WWII Veteran Lee Cline Passes Away

WWII Veteran Lee Cline Passes Away

Posted 8/10/12 – Former Council Member Lee Cline passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012.  Mr. Cline served in the Coast Guard during WWII, and was a member of the City Council in the late eighties and into the nineties.  He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Barbara Cline, and two daughters, three [...]

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Sunday July 08 2012

Kaleen Harfman Services to be Held Saturday, July 14th

Kaleen Harfman Services to be Held Saturday, July 14th

Posted 7/8/12 - Kaleen Marie Harfman, (May 17, 1967 – July 1, 2012) Long time Sierra Madre resident, Kaleen Marie Harfman, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012 following complications from her last open heart surgery performed on June 13, 2012. Kaleen was surround by her family when she joined her Lord. She was born with a [...]

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Wednesday June 06 2012

Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author, Passes Away at 91

Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author, Passes Away at 91

Posted 6/6/12 – Ray Bradbury, noted author of science fiction since the 1940s, has passed away at the age of 91.  Bradbury appeared on Feb. 7, 2009  in Sierra Madre at the Sierra Madre School auditorium as part of the 2009 One Book, One City program which featured the book with which he is probably [...]

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Tuesday May 22 2012

Longtime Sierra Madrean Lucille Hoegee Passes Away in Oregon

Longtime Sierra Madrean Lucille Hoegee Passes Away in Oregon

Posted 5/22/12 – Lucille “Nana” Meyers Hoegee died May 14, 2012 surrounded by her family at her granddaughter’s home in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Lucille Meyers Rasmussen was born February 29, 1912 in Chicago, IL, but soon moved to Lancaster, California.  She would spend her childhood there on her father’s ranch and graduated from LancasterHigh School [...]

Thursday April 12 2012

Sierra Madrean Found Dead, Apparent Suicide

Posted 4/12/12 – Scott Greenlaw, 46, was found dead at his residence in the 500 block of Sierra Madre Blvd. on Monday, April 9th.  According to the LA County Coroner’s office, Greenlaw was found by his stepfather  in his bedroom,  paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at 11:43am.  Apparent cause of death was suicide by [...]

Tuesday February 28 2012

Sierra Madre Native Earl LaLone Passes Away at 86

Sierra Madre Native Earl LaLone Passes Away at 86

Posted 2/27/12 -  Earl William LaLone, 86, of Sierra Madre, California, passed away at County Villa Health Services in Duarte, California, at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012, after a  year long battle with cancer. Earl was born to Fred LaLone and Marguerite Vega LaLone on May 5, 1925 in Sierra Madre; he was [...]

Wednesday February 01 2012

Services for Former SMFD Capt. Mike Delgatto This Friday

Services for Former SMFD Capt. Mike Delgatto This Friday

Mike Delgatto, former Captain in the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Dept. and former president of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, passed away in Monrovia on Jan. 27th at the age of forty-nine. He was born on April 1, 1962, in Arcadia, California, and was the son of Vera and Joe Delgatto, brother of Tony and (Ginny) [...]

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Thursday January 05 2012

Service for Mike Zubia to be Held Friday, Jan. 6th

Service for Mike Zubia to be Held Friday, Jan. 6th

  Posted 1/5/12 – Services for Michael Zubia, longtime Sierra Madrean who passed away at the age of 42 in late December, will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 6th at 10am. Zubia enjoyed playing classical guitar, and was a regular performer at the Wistaria Vine on Wistaria Festival day for [...]

Thursday November 17 2011

Shirley MacGillicuddy Passes Away

Shirley MacGillicuddy Passes Away

Long-time resident and volunteer Shirley Ann Brua McGillicuddy passed away at 6:45am. Friday, November 11, at the age of 82.  Shirley was born June 9, 1929 in Fargo, North Dakota.  She leaves behind a daughter, Kimberly and a brother, Phil. Shirley was very active with several organizations in town for many years, including the Civic Club.  She [...]

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Thursday November 03 2011

Celebration of Life for David Farnworth Today

Celebration of Life for David Farnworth Today

A celebration of the life of David Farnworth, co-owner of Lucky Baldwin’s Pubs, will take place at Lucky Baldwin Trappiste Pub and Cafe, one of the company’s Pasadena locations, located at 1770 E. Colorado Blvd. from 4 to 6pm.  Farnsworth passed away October 28th.

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Sunday October 02 2011

Konigsberg Memorial Today

Konigsberg Memorial Today

Posted 10/2/11 – On September 4, we ran an obituary for long-time Sierra Madrean and community philanthropist and contributor Eph Konigsberg.  At the time, we said that we would let you know when a decision had been made regarding services.  The memorial for Eph will be held in “The Lodge,” formerly the Masonic Lodge, at [...]

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Friday September 23 2011

Services for Bill Sullivan Set for Tuesday

Services for Bill Sullivan Set for Tuesday

Long time Sierra Madre resident, business owner and philanthropist William “Bill” Sullivan, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at the age of 82. Born in Chicago on July 7, 1929, Bill served in the Army during the Korean War.  He moved, along with his wife and three children then aged 7, 6 and [...]

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Thursday September 22 2011

Bill Sullivan, Sr. Passes Away

Bill Sullivan, Sr. Passes Away

Posted 9/22/11 – Bill Sullivan, Sr., longtime Sierra Madrean, owner of Sierra Madre Self-Storage, former owner of the Bottle Shop, and one of the founding members of Sierra Madre City College, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 82.  He is survived by his wife, Marie, two sons, Bill, Jr. and Dan, and a [...]

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Tuesday September 20 2011

Services for “Big Chris” Maroe Set for Saturday, 9/24

Services for

  Posted 9/20/11 – Christopher James Maroe will forever be remembered by his loving wife Kelle and his two adoring daughters, Maranda and Nikole.  Maroe, president of Bacara Media and Entertainment and former executive producer of Ringside LA with Johnny Ortiz on KMPC and producer of the syndicated show “The Gold Sheet” passed away on [...]

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Sunday September 18 2011

Konigsberg Memorial Scheduled

Posted 9/18/11 – On September 4, we ran an obituary for long-time Sierra Madrean and community philanthropist and contributor Eph Konigsberg.  At the time, we said that we would let you know when a decision had been made regarding services.  The memorial for Eph will be held in “The Lodge,” formerly the Masonic Lodge, at [...]

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Saturday September 10 2011

A Hero, A Tragedy, and a Father’s Love, Part 8 in a Series – New for 2011

 The first seven articles reflected on the events of 9/11/01 and the five years that have elapsed since, through the words of one victim’s father.  Originally posted in the San Gabriel Valley Weekly in 2006    Part 1     Part 2       Part 3     Part 4        Part 5       Part 6     Part 7   Today’s article is brand new for 2011, [...]

Saturday September 10 2011

Obituary – Jonathan Paul Nyerges

Obituary - Jonathan Paul Nyerges

Jonathan Paul Nyerges, of Temple City, California, died Thursday, September 1,2011 in a motorcycle accident just a short block from his home. Born in Arcadia, California, June 18, 1982 to Richard and Barbara Nyerges. He graduated from Temple City High School in 2000 and went on to graduate from the Universal Technical Institute in 2006 where, at [...]

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Saturday September 10 2011

A Hero, a Tragedy and a Father’s Love, Part 7 in a Series

Tomorrow -  2011 Message from John Napolitano, Sr. regarding the ten year anniversary of 9/11. Part 1 in the series           Part 2 in the series           Part 3 in the series   Part 4 in the series          Part 5 in the series           Part 6 in the series Reposted September 10, 2011 – Seventh and final article in [...]

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Friday September 09 2011

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love, Part 6 in a Series

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love, Part 6 in a Series

Reposted Sept. 9, 2011 - Sixth in a series of articles reflecting on the events of 9/11/01 and the five years that have elapsed since, through the words of one victim’s father  By Bill Coburn and John V. Napolitano, Sr. In this continuing series, I told you about having traveled to Colorado Springs with members of [...]

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Thursday September 08 2011

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love, Part 5 in a Series

Reposted Sept. 8, 2011 – Fifth in a series of articles reflecting on the events of 9/11/01 and the five years that have elapsed since, through the words of one victim’s father By Bill Coburn and John V. Napolitano, Sr. In this continuing series, I told you about having traveled to Colorado Springs with members [...]

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Monday September 05 2011

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love, Part 4 in a Series

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love, Part 4 in a Series

  Reposted Sept. 5, 2011 -  Fourth in a series of articles reflecting on the events of 9/11/01 and the five years that have elapsed since, through the words of one victim’s father By Bill Coburn and John V. Napolitano, Sr. In the first article in the series, I told you about having traveled to Colorado [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Long-time Resident Eph Konigsberg Passes Away

Long-time Resident Eph Konigsberg Passes Away

Long time resident and 2008 Older American of the Year Eph Konigsberg passed away on Friday evening.  Services are pending. Mr. Konigsberg was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to the Philippines at the age of four months.  His father, who was born in what is now the Ukraine, had found his way to Shanghai [...]

Thursday August 25 2011

A Hero, A Tragedy, and A Father’s Love – Part 3

Re-posted 8/25/2011 – Third in a series of articles reflecting on the events of 9/11/01 and the five years that have elapsed since, through the words of one victim’s father.  Originally published in the San Gabriel Valley Weekly print media in 2006   By Bill Coburn and John V. Napolitano, Sr. In the first article [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

St. Rita Alum Paul Hinojos Anthony Services Set

St. Rita Alum Paul Hinojos Anthony Services Set

PAUL HINOJOS ANTHONY, 51, passed away on May 28, 2011, at his residence in Vancouver, WA.  He was born in Pasadena, CA.  He lived in Sierra Madre and attended St. Rita’s Catholic School.  In 1972, his family moved to the Antelope Valley where he attended Quartz Hill High School and Antelope Valley Community College.  He [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Older American, Parade Grand Marshal Midge Morash Passes

Older American, Parade Grand Marshal Midge Morash Passes

by Susan Henderson On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Midge Morash, one of the most loved, admired, and cherished residents of Sierra Madre passed away.  At age 88, she had struggled in recent months with her health. Midge was affectionately known as “Mother Nature” in environmental circles because of her commitment to protecting the earth, especially [...]

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Monday May 30 2011

Remembering One of Our Own This Memorial Day

Remembering One of Our Own This Memorial Day

From an April 14, 2003 article on the News Net… The Department of Defense announced Sunday it has changed the status of three Marines from Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) to killed in action. They are: Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y. Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, of Sparks, Nev. Pvt. [...]

Wednesday April 20 2011

Services for Chris Gordon Set for Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011

Services for Chris Gordon Set for Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011

Christopher Bruce Gordon, a native of Sierra Madre, CA, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, after battling cancer.  He is survived by his sisters Diana Lindsay (John) and Deborah Reinert (Denny), and his brother Jeff Gordon, as well as twelve nieces/nephews/great nieces.  His parents Anneliese and [...]

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Saturday March 19 2011

Former Sec. of State Warren Christopher Passes Away

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher passed away at his home in Los Angeles of complications from bladder and kidney cancer, said Sonja Steptoe of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, where Christopher was a senior partner. He was 85 years old. Christopher was Secretary of State during the Clinton administration from 1993 – 1996, [...]

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Tuesday February 15 2011

Longtime Search and Rescue Member Dick Sale Passes Away – Updated

Longtime Search and Rescue Member Dick Sale Passes Away - Updated

FOR OBITUARY UPDATE, SEE BELOW SMSR LOGO We have received word that Dick Sale, 34-year member of the world-famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team and a long-time member of the Eagle Rock Community, passed away last night.  Sale had suffered a “hemhorragic stroke” on Feb. 2nd, and was at Huntington Memorial Hospital when he died.  [...]

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